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Tuesday, January 12, 2010


The devata Indra is worshipped on Bhogi day. The Sun God is worshipped on the next day i.e., Pongal day. As this series of festival is known as harvest festival, farmers pray Indra & Sun for rain and bountiful yield. Also this 3 day festival is for the family unity. So, our elders make a kootu with all vegetables and pray the GOD for the family unity.
We are not supposed to grind in traditional "ammi" and "kalural", not asked for the reasons though.
Things to be done:
The "pongal panai" is to be decorated with "Tiruman, Srichoornam"& fresh turmeric harvested, a piece of sugarcane, flowers, plantain tied to a rope.

The menu:
Sarkarai pongal (made in vengala panai), Sankaranthi kootu alongwith general pandigai menu.

HAPPY PONGAL everyone and the


Mixed vegetables - 3 cups (Pooshani, avarai, kathiri, Senai, Saembu, vazhai)
Field bean shelled (Mochai) - 1/2 cup
Cooked toor dhal - 1/2 cup
Tamarind - half the lemon size
Sambhar powder - 1 tsp.
Green chillies - 2
Red chillies - 1
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Urad dhal - 1 tsp.
Scraped coconut - 1/2 cup
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Salt - as per taste 

Oil - 2 tablespoon


Boil saembu, peel the skin. Slit green chillies. Cut all the vegetables into medium-sized cubes and cook it in a cup of water with salt, green chillies, turmeric powder and hing. Add the boiled saembu, cooked & mashed toor dhal and sambhar powder. Allow it to boil for a while. When slightly thick, add the scraped coconut, mix well. Season it with mustard seeds, urad dhal, curry leaves and red chillies.


  1. Ooh..I'm the first to comment. Looks wonderful. Wish I can come to your house for Pongal and bhogi!

  2. Happy pongal .Nice recipe and lovely insight to the tradition of pongal.

  3. Happy Sankranti pongal to you and your family.
    The kootu looks very delicious.

  4. Happy pongal and such a traditional kootu..

  5. Ohh that looks extremely delicious and mouth-watering:)

  6. Happy Pongal Shanthi! Nice recipe...

  7. Hey shanti wish u n ur family happy pongal...nice info abt it.Hey this thoku luks nice...gud recipe

  8. Wonderful Recipe ! Looks Awesome ! And one of the tempting kootu..Happy pongal :)

  9. thanks for the info on pongal.Kootu looks delicious.

  10. Its new to me...Happy pongal....

  11. looks nice and thanks for all the info on the celebration too...

  12. Happy Pongal..Nice click and koottu looks super yummy..

  13. Happy pongal shanthi,gravy looks really delicious,& a very nice way to eat all the vegetables...thanks for the recipe..

  14. Traditional kootu,Paakvey arumaiya erruku

  15. Happy Pongal to you and to all at home!! kootu looks delicious and nice information about how to celebrate pongal!!!

  16. Happy Pongal.. Nice kootu looks yummy..

  17. Happy Sankranti. Thank you for dropping by my blog. I have added you to my blog roll.

  18. Thank you for visiting my blog.
    Liked your recipes and blog; this dish looks simple but what a beautiful melange of colors! Wish you continued success in the new year.


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